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Why Do I Need to Cite?
Citations are used to identify the sources included in your research paper and provide the information needed to locate them.
Citations also give credit to the authors whose ideas you used to support the arguments in your paper. Failure to give credit to the sources you use is considered plagiarism and can result in a penalty against your work.
Visit the NCC Libraries or Learning Centers to pick up hard copies of our three citation handouts: MLA, APA, and Chicago. You may also view them at the links below:
NCC Library MLA Handout
The MLA Handout contains both parenthetical (in-text) and Works Cited page examples. Find out how to cite books, database articles, and more!
NCC Library APA Handout
The APA Citation Handout contains both parenthetical (in-text) and References examples. Find out how to cite books, database articles, and more!
NCC Library Chicago Manual of Style Handout
Our Chicago handout summarizes basic information about CMOS style, footnotes, and bibliography formatting.